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[movies]John Francis walks the Earth - TED.com
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; environment; global issues; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 92
[movies]Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything - TED.com
Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 195
[movies]Bruno Bowden folds while Rufus Cappadocia plays - TED.com
After Robert Lang's talk on origami at TED2008, Bruno Bowden stepped onstage with a challenge -- he would fold one of Lang's astonishingly complicated origami figures, blindfolded, in under 2 minutes. He's accompanied by the cellist Rufus Cappadocia.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; cello; entertainment; music; origami; 2008
Downloads: 86
[movies]Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
Downloads: 313
[movies]Nellie McKay sings "The Dog Song" - TED.com
Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; entertainment; live music; music; piano; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 97
[movies]Susan Blackmore on memes and "temes" - TED.com
Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; design; evolution; meme; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 53
[movies]Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" and "If I Had You" - TED.com
The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; music; piano; short talk; women; 2008
Downloads: 141
[movies]Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion - TED.com
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; collaboration; faith; global issues; politics; religion; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 97
[movies]David Griffin on how photography connects us - TED.com
The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; culture; design; entertainment; global issues; photography; storytelling; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 434
[movies]Yves Behar on designing objects that tell stories - TED.com
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; business; computers; creativity; design; sex; society; 2008
Downloads: 81
[movies]Amy Tan on creativity - TED.com
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; storytelling; writing; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 94
[movies]Paul Rothemund details DNA folding - TED.com
In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; MacArthur grant; creativity; nanoscale; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 279
[movies]Robert Lang folds way-new origami - TED.com
Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; engineering; math; origami; space; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 223
[movies]Gregory Petsko on the coming neurological epidemic - TED.com
Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; brain; business; health; science; social change; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 62
[movies]Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo - TED.com
Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; demo; design; entertainment; history; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 80
[movies]Al Gore's new thinking on the climate crisis - TED.com
In this brand-new slideshow (premiering on TED.com), Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; climate change; global issues; politics; science; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 1,133
[movies]John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they? - TED.com
Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; physics; science; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 156
[movies]Nellie McKay sings "Clonie" - TED.com
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; genetics; live music; piano; science; short talk; singer; 2008
Downloads: 74
[movies]Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight - TED.com
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; consciousness; global issues; illness; science; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 445
[movies]Sxip Shirey breathes music and passion - TED.com
Composer Sxip Shirey makes music from the simple, dramatic act of breathing -- alone and together. Open your ears to a passionate 3 minutes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; live music; music; short talk; 2008
Downloads: 64
[movies]Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack - TED.com
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; global issues; history; medicine; technology; war; 2008
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[movies]Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish - TED.com
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Prize; education; math; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 337
[movies]Alisa Miller shares the news about the news - TED.com
Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Google; business; economics; entertainment; global issues; media; news; short talk; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 83
[movies]Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TED.com
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; global issues; morality; politics; psychology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 304
[movies]Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats - TED.com
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; business; culture; photography; plastic; statistics; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 273
[movies]Rives tells a story of mixed emoticons - TED.com
Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; humor; love; media; poetry; storytelling; 2008
Downloads: 111
[movies]Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate - TED.com
Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; aging; genetics; health; health care; medicine; science; short talk; 2008
Downloads: 91
[movies]Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g - TED.com
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; business; flight; science; short talk; space; technology; universe; 2008
Downloads: 273
[movies]Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain - TED.com
Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity -- thoughts, emotions, pain -- while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; business; demo; medicine; science; short talk; technology; visualizations; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 297
[movies]Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
Downloads: 94
[movies]Paul Collier on the "bottom billion" - TED.com
Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; business; development; economics; global issues; politics; poverty; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 90
[movies]Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life - TED.com
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; creativity; energy; genetics; global issues; invention; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 268
[movies]Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks - TED.com
Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; demo; design; education; entertainment; gaming; hack; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 1,222
[movies]Kaki King rocks out to "Pink Noise" - TED.com
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; guitar; innovation; music; performance; singer; 2008
Downloads: 162
[movies]Andy Hobsbawm says: Do the green thing - TED.com
Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; climate change; design; entertainment; global issues; humor; media; sex; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 59
[movies]Roy Gould and Curtis Wong preview the WorldWide Telescope - TED.com
Educator Roy Gould and researcher Curtis Wong show a sneak preview of Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, which compiles images from telescopes and satellites to build a comprehensive, interactive view of our universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; collaboration; demo; education; science; short talk; technology; universe; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 61
[movies]Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe - TED.com
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; math; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 246
[movies]Jay Walker's library of human imagination - TED.com
Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session highlighting a few of the intriguing artifacts that backdropped the 2008 TED stage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; design; entertainment; entrepreneur; innovation; invention; library; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 113
[movies]Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter - TED.com
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; big bang; education; energy; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 103
[movies]Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean - TED.com
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; adventure; animals; biodiversity; education; exploration; fish; oceans; science; submarine; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 45
[movies]Isaac Mizrahi on fashion and creativity - TED.com
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations -- from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; design; entertainment; humor; media; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 116
[movies]Louise Leakey digs for humanity's origins - TED.com
Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; apes; evolution; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2008
Downloads: 323
[movies]Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world - TED.com
Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu ... Read more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; design; food; global issues; pollution; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 281
[movies]Benjamin Zander on music and passion - TED.com
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Buddhism; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; leadership; live music; music; 2008
Downloads: 175
[movies]Stefan Sagmeister on what he has learned - TED.com
Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; art; design; education; happiness; humor; work; 2008
Downloads: 51
[movies]Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions - TED.com
Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but Medea Hypothesis author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disease; environment; global issues; history; life; science; space; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 28
[movies]Joshua Klein on the intelligence of crows - TED.com
Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; design; hack; intelligence; interface design; technology; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 99
[movies]David Hoffman on losing everything - TED.com
Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; culture; film; library; personal growth; short talk; storytelling; 2008
Downloads: 72
[movies]Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual - TED.com
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; anthropology; beauty; culture; faith; global issues; photography; religion; 2008
Downloads: 133
[movies]Samantha Power on a complicated hero - TED.com
Samantha Power tells a story of a complicated hero, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This UN diplomat walked a thin moral line, negotiating with the world's worst dictators to help their people survive crisis. It's a compelling story told with a fiery passion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; communication; global issues; morality; politics; war; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 237
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